14 February: Darwin Memorial Lecture – Alexander von Humboldt and his influence on Darwin

We have reserved seats for the Darwin Memorial Lecture, and a table at The Armoury for lunch beforehand (arrive 12 noon). Members, partners and friends welcome.

The lecture is on Sunday February 14th at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn, starting at 2.30 pm. The tickets for the lecture cost £10 each. Pay for your choice of meal on the day.

Please tell us if you’ll be joining us for lunch and lecture or just lecture. Payment must be made by  December 12th.

Please contact Ron Falder at falder [at] hotmail.com.

The Invention Of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt And His Influence On Charles Darwin, by Andrea Wulf

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a visionary scientist who created the way we understand nature today. His writings, though unfortunately often ignored now, was enormously influential in its day and shaped the work of Darwin and many other scientists and thinkers of his day. Andrea Wulf will examine these relationships and outline the contribution that Humboldt made to the study of nature and scientific method.

Andea Wulf is a historian whose work has focussed on the relationship between humankind and the natural world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her book Founding Gardeners. The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation was published to great acclaim in spring 2011. Her most recent book The Invention of Nature published in 2015, makes the case for the recognition of Humboldt as a key figure in nineteenth century science as the thinker who understood the interconnectedness of nature and who saw earth as a living organism.

Ludlow and Marches Humanists summer social, 21 June

Our neighbours the Ludlow and Marches Humanists are holding their  Summer Social on Sunday 21st June. They plan a walk from the Cliffe at Dinham car park (SY8 2JE) followed by lunch at the Cliffe.  Lunch has been booked for 12.30pm. If you are interested in joining in, please contact David Trotter.

The walk will be along the Teme and over Whitcliffe Common, with points of interest on the way. The less energetic will not have to make the climb up Whitcliffe. The walk will be lead by Juliet & David Trotter. Please bring suitable clothing and boots or stout shoes.

Social on 4 July: Shrewsbury bridges walk and barbecue

DSCF2159-edited The annual summer social will be in Shrewsbury this year, on Saturday 4 July. All are welcome, especially if you would like to talk to local humanists in a relaxed atmosphere.

There will be a guided walk around the Shrewsbury river bridges followed by a barbecue lunch at the home of Simon and Bridget Nightingale by the river near Porthill footbridge.

The walk will start at 10.30 from the corner of Frankwell car park next to the footbridge, and you can walk all or part of the walk as it is easy to drop out and go straight to the lunch venue. We plan to visit (but not cross all) the bridges around the town centre and look at points of interest and some of the history. There will be some steps and inclines, and the route may be changed subject to the weather and any flooding.

If you don’t want to go on the walk, meet at the house in New Street, Frankwell, from 12.00 for the BBQ at 13.00. There is plenty to do in the house and garden, including table tennis, a rowing boat (with an electric motor for the lazy), a rather difficult maze and a house full of mechanical puzzles. There is very limited parking, but Frankwell car park is not far away.

There is a charge of £5 for the meal. If you’d like to come, please contact our Secretary who will give you the details. This enables us to plan for numbers and dietary requirements.

December social: lunch at the Riverside Inn, Cound, on 14 December

holly editedFor this year’s festive lunch on Sunday 14th December we shall be returning to The Riverside Inn, Cound, who have served us extremely well in the last two years. Arrival from 12 noon, when the doors open, for a 12:30pm start. Their Christmas 2014 Menu is available at http://www.theriversideinn.net/menus/dec14.pdf

All are welcome, but please let us know by Thursday 20th November (the day of our November monthly meeting) whether you will be attending, with details of your menu choices. It is likely that we will have the same area of the Summer Room as we occupied last year.

Please note that, if we have more that 12 in our party, there will be a 10% service charge applied. As last year, it is likely to be one bill for our table so please bring the right amount of cash for the meal you order.

Saturday 26 July: Social walk around industrial archaeology of Lilleshall

This will not be a strenuous walk. It’s about three miles on footpaths and road, with pauses for chat as we reflect on the mining activity of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There are no real hills except for Lilleshall Hill itself, which is optional.

We’ll meet at 10.00 am in the car park of the Red House Inn, Lilleshall, TF10 9EW.

There is a carvery from 12 – 2.00 pm for £4.95 as well as an ordinary menu, and we are booked in for 12.30 pm.

If you would like to be part of the group, please email Sue Falder at falder [at] hotmail [dot] com so that she can book for the correct number.

See here for last year’s summer social.

Coming up: 27 July social – walk, geology and lunch

On the WrekinWe now have a break in our programme of meetings, but on Saturday 27th July we have our summer social, which is a walk and a lunch. This is a chance to meet other humanists in a purely social setting. Everyone is welcome to come, but please let us know in advance.

The walk will start from the Red Lion Hotel on Holyhead Road, Wellington and visit the Ercall Wood Nature Reserve and the famous Ercall Unconformity. For those interested in geology (Shropshire is rich in geological interest and is one of the great areas in the history of geology) the latter is regarded as an internationally important geological site, which is part of The Wrekin and The Ercall Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The site includes 540 million year old ripple beds and ancient pre-Cambrian lava flows in exposed quarries. Quartzite from the neighbouring Wrekin is also visible.

The walk will start at 10.30am and last approximately 90 minutes so that we will arrive back at the Red Lion in time for lunch. There is ample off-road car parking at the hotel which is situated around half a mile from the Railway and Bus Stations in the Town Centre. For those arriving by public transport we can provide a walking route which passes through Bowring Park on its way to the Red Lion.

Please contact Bob Coalbran by 15 July if possible.

We resume our programme of meetings on 19 September with (provisionally) a talk on sex work by someone who is involved.